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Today we debut a new monthly video series: Projects with Ryan Slaugh. Each new episode will air on the first Tuesday of the month. The series aims to help people with their own projects by offering ideas, techniques, and inspiration. While most projects will be electronics related, many of them built around Arduino and Raspberry Pi, some will offer insight on using specialized tools and working with different materials. The projects will range from easy to challenging and from application-based to something just for fun.

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Ryan Slaugh in his lab.

Ryan, 35, lives in eastern Washington with his wife of ten years and four children on an 8-acre farm where they raise various animals. As for his maker cred, he has an AAS degree in electronics, a BS in software engineering and he will be completing a masters in system engineering this fall. He has more than 14 years of experience working in electronic labs, designing, building, testing, and deploying many different systems. But most of his training came off the job and outside of academia.

My first, and greatest, teacher was (and is still) my father, a journeyman electrician. I grew up on a farm so not only did he teach me electrical, but also construction, welding, concrete, woodworking, working with animals, working with crops, and how to figure out problems and build things using only what you have on hand.  Together we wired many industrial, residential  and commercial properties.  Everything from homes to potato cellars, churches to restaurants.

At home I make things for enjoyment and out of necessity.  On our small farm I have needed to build things like chicken tractors, grain feeders, and a better system for moving my irrigation lines.  I also build electronic gadgets for use by my family (games for the kids, yogurt maker, etc.) and a local youth group that I am a leader for.  Apart from that, I love to do woodworking and challenging myself with bigger projects.

In his first video, Ryan shows us how to make an Arduino-powered,  Pelican case-encased mobile prototyping platform for writing code, arranging tools, and all around making.

See the whole series here.

Stett Holbrook

Stett is a senior editor at MAKE with abiding interest in food and drink, bicycles, woodworking, and environmentally sound human enterprises. He is the father of two young makers.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

Contact Stett with tips and story ideas on:

*Food
*Sustainable/green design
*Science
*Young Makers
*Action sports


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Comments

  1. Awesome project and idea, I’m definitely going to make one too. Looking forward for the next episodes.

  2. thunderbill says:

    I really like this project. It’s well thought out and well executed and it reminds me of who I was many years ago. I wish I had time on my hands to start again. Too much to do and little time to do it.

  3. N2PBias says:

    Enjoyed the presentation online and found that this is doable for a beginner such as myself. Thanks for this example of makerhood and the exhibiting the viability of further connections and teaching for those who have the spark.